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Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

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Address: 1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706
Phone Number:
+1 989-684-3946
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 12:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Visit the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, home the the USS Edson DD-946....

Visit the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, home the the USS Edson DD-946. This Vietnam Era, Forestt Sherman Class destroyer is one of two left in the United States. Guests are invited to step back in history on a self-guided tour of the Grey Ghost of the Coast and see what life was like for the men who served aboard her. Approximately 95% of the ship is open to the public. Visit the Ward Room to see the US Flag that was flying aboard the USS Selfridge DD-357 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. See the Ship Store and Medic Room set up similar to what the sailors saw. Don't forget to visit the Pilot House and pretend to steer the ship. If you are lucky, you'll meet one of our many volunteers who served aboard the USS Edson or a similar ship. Guests are asked to wear close-toed comfortable shoes. You will be climbing up and down ladders and sandals, flip-flops, or high heels may become a safety hazard. We are open 7 days a week, March 1 through December 31. Due to the amount of time it takes to tour the ship, no guests will be admitted one hour prior to closing.

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USS Edson

Must see if going to Bay City. This ship is living history and a tribute to the men and women who served aboard her and in the Viet Nam war. Tour guides very knowledgeable and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Must see if going to Bay City. This ship is living history and a tribute to the men and women who served aboard her and in the Viet Nam war. Tour guides very knowledgeable and some served aboard her.

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Bay City, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I took our 12 year old grandson, what a great experience for all of us to learn about the ships history and how the sailors lived and worked. A truly enjoyable and enlightening tour.

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Lake Orion, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As I mentioned for my review on their facebook page, it most definitely is a must see for an experience of being able to tour through the multiple levels of the vessel at your own pace while also taking in all the history that is on display throughout. If you have been thinking of making the trip, don't put it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

My husband and I went on a self-guided tour of the USS Edson. He served in the Navy as a boiler tech, and we visit any ships that are nearby when we travel. This was one of my favorites. Fascinating history, and as we walked through, I could picture what it would be like on a naval ship. So proud... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

We had a great time aboard the USS Edson! We got a great tour from Bill who is exceptionally knowledgeable about the ship, we learned so much! This is a must-see attraction in the Bay Area, I highly recommend this to everyone!!

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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Took our granddaughter to see the ship her grandfather served on. Took lots of pictures. It's a work in progress. Enjoyed seeing photos of the ship in service.

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Bay City, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

What an informative and entertaining time aboard the USS Edson. As much for Grandma and Grandpa as for the grandchildren. Be sure to take a guided tour, if possible. These guys are wonderful. Full of stories and bring life to the ship and all it has been through. We actually had a gentleman who had served on this ship. Of... More 

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Brookings, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

I'm glad that they saw fit to preserve this fine fighting ship for folks to visit. It was a self-guiding tour on board the destroyer, and our family were the only ones on the ship at the time. We ranged high and low, fore and aft, poking into all the unique compartments and engineering spaces that were allowed to us.... More 

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Carla M, Public Relations Manager at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, responded to this review

Hi Steve, It was great to meet you and to finally be able to read your book! We are glad you and your family enjoyed your visit and hope you come back to see us again sometime. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

The USS Edson is a perfect example of a navy destroyer active during the middle of the 20th century. It was also featured in the Twilight Zone episode, "The Thirty Fathom Grave", in the 1960s. It is an interesting ship and is worth visiting.

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Thank Jonathan S
Cadillac, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

The self tour is very easy to do. Some ship's ladders and low doorways but in general very good access, better than it was in the day. Good access to boilers and turbines; quarters, firming computer, bridge and command center. Highly recommended!

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